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NEWS: Boy Scout Director Charged with Possession of Child Porn

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posted on Mar, 29 2005 @ 11:52 AM
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Douglas S. Smith Jr., the National Director of Programs for the Boy Scouts of America, has been accused of possession of child porn. The investigation, which began in Germany, led investigators to The Texas native. The investigation showed he had in his possession sexually explicit photos of boys.
 



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DALLAS, Texas - The national director of programs for the Boy Scouts of America has been charged with receiving and distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's office here told NBC News on Tuesday.

Douglas S. Smith Jr. was charged with one felony count of having photos that show "minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct."

The images were of young boys and the investigation started in Germany, the sources added.

The Boy Scouts of America has yet to comment.

Smith, 61, would not comment when reached by phone at his home.

He was expected to appear in federal court Wednesday morning. If tried and found guilty, he faces prison time ranging from five to 20 years.

A resident of Colleyville, Texas, Smith is still active in troop activity and is himself an Eagle Scout.





Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


In todays society, where those who have access to various media markets see promiscuous news on an almost daily basis, many people hope to find safe havens for their young children. Organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, historically known to be a bastion of Christian ways, is one of these places that some tend to believe is a safe place for their children to be. Today that safe haven may have been tarnished, by Douglas S. Smith Jr., the National Director of Programs for the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America, in order to save face needs to come out quickly and respond to this charge. The man is still Active in troop Activity and if they come down harshly and remove him from his position, it will show everyone their desire to secure the safety of these young boys.



[edit on 3/29/2005 by Phaethor]




posted on Mar, 29 2005 @ 11:59 AM
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Great...


People in positions of authority crossing this line..so unspeakably unacceptable. I just read a story about a cop in Philly (?) who molested a 9 year old girl.


I just don't get it...

I mean, I understand part of the psychological compulsion, it's a power trip and a flaw in our sexual selection unconcious processes. Our minds are trained to look for the mate with the most child-raising years ahead of them, and obviously it becomes a very severe compulsion for some. Most people can control themselves, hell, most people don't even HAVE those thoughts, but some, they just..freak out I guess.

I'm glad they caught him before he could hurt anyone else (?). Who knows.

You know that phrase 'going to hell in a handbasket?' Well, was the trip enjoyable? Cause we're here.



posted on Mar, 29 2005 @ 12:12 PM
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This is terrible!

When i was growing up, Scouting was one of the most important things to me - it's something i hoped i could share with any kids i may have down the line... and i would hate to see it's name and image tarnished by some bad seeds...

ugh. disgusting.



posted on Mar, 29 2005 @ 12:13 PM
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One of the major problems is often that these childabusers go through enormous length and efforts (driven by theiir obsession) to create a doublelife ,become a respected coach or something and invest a lot of time / money etc. to become one of the pillars of the club, loved, respected by parents and the community, churchgoing, etc. etc.

Don't send your kids to the Scouts, send them to the Minutemen to help patrol the border



[edit on 29-3-2005 by Silenus]



posted on Mar, 29 2005 @ 12:20 PM
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You know all this news on child pornography and child molestation and children dying from abuse are starting to get out of hand.

Its seems that our nation is having a worst problem on this type of crimes and still nothing to be done to stop the child’s molesters.

I feel extremist on situations like this, and to me any man that commit an act of sexual molestation on a child should have their genitals castrated, plain and simple.

Now a person that is a molester and so a sexual act hasn’t been committed but finding child pornography in possession should be chemically castrated or put on hormones to make their "sexual needs" in control.

Put taking in consideration that our society and the rest of the world are mostly male dominated all we see are sexual "enhancement" pills but nothing to control the deprived urges of these monsters.

Where is the justice and the protection of our young.



posted on Mar, 30 2005 @ 11:45 AM
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This is about the only crime that I can honestly say the death penalty is too good for them. Murder is usally a crime of the heat of the moment but this is premeditated and preys on the most vulnerable people in our society.

Hang the bastard



posted on Mar, 30 2005 @ 04:51 PM
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They have updated the information about this guy since the Articel was first Posted.

Here is some of the new Data:

He was the national program director and staff adviser of the Boy Scout’s renowned Youth Protection Task Force designed to protect children from sexual abuse.

Authorities found 520 images of child pornography, including video clips, on Smith’s home computer

A California court case in the early 1990s revealed about 2,000 cases of sexual abuse of scouts and other boys that Boy Scouts officials had documented privately for two decades without telling law enforcement officials.

Phae



posted on Mar, 30 2005 @ 05:10 PM
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Our minds are trained to look for the mate with the most child-raising years ahead of them, and obviously it becomes a very severe compulsion for some.


But our hind-brains also tell us to seek out a mate who would be best equipped to rear a child. A 9-year old girl doesn't fit the bill. Nor does a 9-year old boy for that matter. No, these people are sick, plain and simple. Their instinctual mate-selecting process has gotten F.U.B.A.R somewhere along the line.


A California court case in the early 1990s revealed about 2,000 cases of sexual abuse of scouts and other boys that Boy Scouts officials had documented privately for two decades without telling law enforcement officials.


No surprise here. The Catholic church has been covering it up for donkeys' years. I have a friend whose uncle had to leave the clergy because he was being ostracised, persecuted and harassed by the other priests because he was not a paedophile. He said that priests were regularly relocated to a new church by their superiors whenever parents got wind of their "activities" or a kid started to talk.

We don't want to get too paranoid, but my advice to parents would be: DO NOT leave your children alone with priests or scouting officials. EVER. These organizations are the hunting grounds of sickos.

[edit on 2005/3/30 by wecomeinpeace]



posted on Mar, 30 2005 @ 07:13 PM
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negativenihil said
This is terrible!

When i was growing up, Scouting was one of the most important things to me - it's something i hoped i could share with any kids i may have down the line... and i would hate to see it's name and image tarnished by some bad seeds...

ugh. Disgusting.

Couldn't agree more. While I was never a Scout I have and still do have high respect for the organization and the people.

This is a sad day. A national leader and one that claimed to be leading the fight against the very thing he was doing. This should serve as a further wake-up to all that believe public statements.

Question EVERYTHING.



posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 02:08 PM
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I came across this article it talks about the stigma associated to sexual abuse against boys in comparison to sexual abuse against girls.

Boys are abused too, we shouldn't cover it up.

I can only say that the more we do to get the word out the better we can make it for our children and the worse we can make it for sexual predators.

Phae



posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 04:01 PM
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That's disgusting. And I'm especially disturbed by the fact that the article said they found 520 photos of 2 or more boys each and not one of them was a Boy Scout? That was a lie.



posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 04:25 PM
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Phaethor good link.

I have to say I am shocked. I 'never would have known.' This is just mind-blowing.

On another note, this thread should have become news already- is the ATS system still broken?



posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 05:38 PM
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I went all the way thru scouts to earn eagle...
I have to admit, there was always a scout master or two that all the boys would shy away from taking showers with. Not because of anything in particular, other than they just gave off "signals/vibes". These scout masters would usually drop out of scouting after they figured out that they would never have an opportunity to be alone with a consenting scout...

It is a very safe organization that will always have a few buggers hanging around... any youth organization will though.

The kids know what is going on, they aren't stupid...that is probably why this guy wasn't actually teaching a troop.

utterly perverse... and just wrong.



posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 05:54 PM
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Some that they would shy away from having showers with? I hope this is a generational thing and this doesnt happen any more. I dont think kids should have to shower with any one, own age or not, let alone an adult.



posted on Mar, 31 2005 @ 10:31 PM
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The scouts take showers together? Very interesting. I never knew that. I'm not making anything of it, it's just interesting... I was in Girl Scouts for four years and we barely got to have sleepovers. When we did, we had to pretend it wasn't the Girl Scouts, but just a bunch of friends. Interesting difference...



posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 04:24 PM
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have you all ever been to summer camp?
public showers are the thing in America... its all the rage...

yes, scouts would usually all shower at the same time after an activity...
with plenty of scout masters showering as well...
it is all part of the scouting experience...

and no you filthy minded people, nothing was wrong with that...

except a bunch of filthy scouts... who needed a shower in order to be able to tent together without gagging...

there were public showers at the church camps i went to also, AND THEY WERE NOT CATHOLIC... before you ask...



posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 04:33 PM
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I'm an Eagle Scout and I've been to scout camp. I've never had to shower with any other kids or adults, that is simply not true. Also, I enjoyed scouts and all the adult leaders were nice guys who had kids in the program. I hope the actions of a few will not hurt the rep of a good org.



posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 04:52 PM
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Ok... gotta ask...
since i went to about 8 different scout camps thru the years (in oklahoma, arkansas, New mexico, colorado, and missouri)..and none had private showers...

what scout camp did you go to? (and how many)... i would have preferred private showers personally, but alas... the scouts are not rich, and most camps were lucky to have hot water..

and calling me a liar is grounds for ignoring you...
do not deny what is true, just becasue it wasn't true for you....
Perhaps they have upgraded these days, but 20yrs ago, that was most diffenatly the case. I truly hope they have invested in private showers, but doubt it... My dad said the latrines were the same he used when he was a scout...

do they have flushable ones with stall doors now?


[edit on 1-4-2005 by LazarusTheLong]



posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 04:55 PM
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Originally posted by Boatphone
I hope the actions of a few will not hurt the rep of a good org.


A good organization? The actions of a few? Maybe you missed this bit:

A California court case in the early 1990s revealed about 2,000 cases of sexual abuse of scouts and other boys that Boy Scouts officials had documented privately for two decades without telling law enforcement officials.


I'd be hard-pressed to classify an organization that purposely shelters paedophiles as "good". It seems that incidents such as these being perpetrated by individuals is to be expected, but when those incidents are covered up, all those involved become accessories to the fact, and it is a good indicator of where the organization's priorities lie. They care not for the children that are being harmed, they only care for the reputation of the organization.

Not only have they covered up these crimes, but they have obviously taken ZERO internal steps to ensure they do not occur again.

In cases such as these, inaction and concealment is tantamount to active encouragement.



posted on Apr, 1 2005 @ 06:24 PM
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Originally posted by LazarusTheLong
Ok... gotta ask...

what scout camp did you go to? (and how many)... i would have preferred private showers personally, but alas... the scouts are not rich, and most camps were lucky to have hot water..

do they have flushable ones with stall doors now?


[edit on 1-4-2005 by LazarusTheLong]


I went to camp yagoo in RI. It had personal showers and no one was required to shower.



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